Delaney & Bonnie and Friends - D&B Together (1972)

Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett were a husband and wife soul duo known for the ‘friends’, a large non-permanent group of famous musician associates who played with them both in the studio and on tour.

Delaney & Bonnie's sixth album was originally recorded for Atco Records (which their last three albums had been released on), under the title Country Life. However Atco weren't satisfied with it, and sold their contract to Columbia Records, who re-ordered the album and released it as D&B Together. Atco's decision might have been a little harsh, as it's a perfectly fine album, with some excellent funky soul-rock grooves, plus a bit of gospel ("Wade In The River Jordon") and country ("Country Life", co-written by Bobby Whitlock, who released his own version on his solo album the same year). Includes studio versions of "Comin' Home" and Dave Mason's "Only You Know And I Know", which they had originally released on their 1970 live album. Also features "Groupie (Superstar)", written by the Bramletts with Leon Russell, which has been recorded by many different artists (most famously The Carpenters, who had a #2 hit with it in 1971).
The list of 'friends' playing alongside the Bramletts on this record is extensive, and include among many others Duane Allman, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Bobby Whitlock, Dave Mason, John Hartford, Steve Cropper, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon (of Derek & The Dominos), pedal steel guitarist Red Rhodes, Little Feat bassist Kenny Gradney and saxophonist King Curtis.
However, despite what the album's title might has suggested, Delaney & Bonnie were actually breaking up by this point. It was their last album together, and they divorced in 1973.

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Anonymous said...

thank you for this wonderful blog and this precious gems.
I used to follow SingerSaints blog (Joe Sarno) now i keep an eye on you :)

Steve said...

'Superstar' was written by Delaney, Leon and Bonnie..

Michele Bramlett said...

Thank you..this is a nice write up. just wondering if you all know what us Bramlett girls have been up to! (a documentary currently in production)
Michele Bramlett (daughter of..)

Charlie said...

Good to hear from a Bramlett, glad you liked my write-up! The film looks very interesting, I look forward to its release.